Around Town (08/04/14)

Women’s Spotlight Network

The Women’s Spotlight Network is geared to help grow businesses owned by women. Meetings are held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant, 3360 N. Highway 59. For more information, call (209) 722-6778.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous meets 6 p.m. Tuesdays at First Baptist Church, 500 Buena Vista Drive. For more information, call (209) 383-4161 or go to

Big Valley Travel Club

Big Valley Travel Club is offering many new trips this year. For more information, email or call (209) 634-6804.

Legal help for tenants

Central California Legal Services offers legal advice and representation to eligible people involved in tenant rights and homeless issues; Social Security and SSI disability claims; CalWorks, Medi-Cal, unemployment and CalFresh (food stamp) cases; and more. Help is available to low-income people at no cost. For more information, call (209) 723-5466 or go to 1640 N St., Suite 200, in Merced.

Atwater VFW to-go dinners

The Atwater chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars will sell barbecue pulled pork sandwiches to go from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at 1390 Broadway Ave. Dinner includes sandwich, sauce, beans and coleslaw. All proceeds benefit veterans programs. For more information, call (209) 358-7224.

New Beginnings shelter

New Beginnings for Merced County Animals is a nonprofit dedicated to saving shelter animals and finding them new homes. The group needs volunteers, especially those who can care for kittens or dogs and their puppies for a short time. Help with photographing shelter animals is needed, as are people who can transport them to rescue organizations, for which no personal vehicles are needed. For more information, call (209) 769-2122.

Family Health Festival

Castle Family Health Centers will hold its annual Family Health Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 3605 Hospital Road, Castle Commerce Center. There will be free health screenings for diabetes and blood pressure; vision, hearing and breast exams; and dental care for children. There also will be free lunch, entertainment, raffles and children’s activities. Sports physicals will be available for $25, with $10 going back to the student’s school. For more information, call (209) 381-2000, ext. 7210.

NAMI meetings

Merced County’s branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness holds biweekly support group meetings for families affected by serious mental illness. For more information, call (209) 381-6844 and a volunteer will contact you within 48 hours.